It’s been nearly two weeks now, but the wrestling world is still abuzz after IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho’s surprise appearance at All In on September 1st when he dressed up as Pentagon Jr. and attacked Kenny Omega.
The appearance naturally led to more talk about the door being more open than ever for Jericho to work for other companies, especially since he said in months past he wouldn’t work in the United States out of respect for Vince McMahon. Of course, ‘Y2J’ has been rumored to eventually work with IMPACT Wrestling, but as for his stance on working any events moving forward, Jericho had the following to say about working the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard next April on the most recent edition of Busted Open Radio on SiriusXM:
“There is a whole market now for…you know, hardcore wrestling fans or maybe not even hardcore anymore. There’s a whole strain of fans of wrestling that are excited about all of these other options. I mean…you know, I didn’t think there was any chance I’d be doing All In, but at this point in time sure, there’s a chance. If there’s a match that’s presented to me that’s interesting, if I’m free like, why not? Like, I’m really kind of enjoying this free agency and realizing, ‘Why do I have to just keep it in Japan?’. You know, what if I do want to do more stuff at this stage and you know, not really worrying about what anybody thinks. At this point in time, I think for the first time in my career, in 28 years, October 2nd will be 28 years…I’m kind of completely in control and it’s fun. You know?
I really enjoy not having to run my ideas, that I know are gonna work, through a committee of two or three people or having to wait you know, three hours in front of a door to go pitch it to one guy and hope that he likes it. You know, at this point in time we’re all pros and we know what works and what doesn’t work…and if we’re not sure we can ask other guys and kind of work together. But, in WWE when you work there, one again, you gotta go with whatever it is he wants to go with and you know, that’s fine.
When you work for Vince it’s the way it is, but it’s fun to not work for Vince right now and have some of these other ideas that you kind of explore. It’s (inaudible) working for WWE. Which is fine if you’re working there, get ready for it and deal with it, but right now it’s fun not having to deal with that so we’ll have to see. I mean, nobody’s called me, either way to work there or not work there. I’m on tour with Fozzy until mid-December and that’s the end of the Judas Rising Tour. Then you know, we go back to songwriting, back to recording and in that time is usually when I go back to the WWE, but this time maybe there’s other places I’ll go back to other than WWE.”
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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Extreme Rules Match, Mysterio Update, Changes To Raw? and More! (6/25/2019)
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Winner Take All Match At Extreme Rules
To kick off Monday’s RAW, an interesting matchup was announced for the upcoming Extreme Rules pay per view. Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch will team up to face Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. The winners will claim both the Women’s and Universal championships. The match will have a stipulation that if Rollins and Lynch win then Corbin and Evans can never get another match again with them.
This is an interesting matchup. Essentially, a partner losing costs their team their respective titles, so there could be plenty of opportunity for some type of swerve from WWE. I am actually intrigued about this match, and curious what direction the company will take with it.
Betting Odds On WWE Stars Jumping To AEW
Sports Betting Dime has released its betting odds on which WWE superstars are favored to jump to AEW. The current odds and superstars are:
Dolph Ziggler (+200)
Finn Balor (+275)
Shinsuke Nakamura (+300)
Luke Harper (+450)
Sasha Banks (+1000)
The Revival (+1000)
Shinsuke is still in the midst of a long term deal, so he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, neither is Sasha Banks. You have to assume that AEW has a limited amount of potential roster openings for current WWE stars, and I would guess there would be a long thought process internally about who they would be interested in. Maria and Mike, and Mojo Rawley recently re-signed with WWE, when one could say they would be favored to jump ship. It all comes down to money. Yes, Rawley, Mike and Maria aren’t probably used to their potential, and they know that. But if WWE is going to pay them big money for an extension, of course they are going to take it. 99.9% of stars in WWE would most likely rather take the money than be a top name on the card in AEW. Jon Moxley seems to be the lone exception so far. It is fun to play fantasy booker, but if one were to listen to the rumors of which wrestler is leaving WWE, Dolph Ziggler would have been gone from the company at least a dozen times by now.
Rey Mysterio Injury Update
PWInsider has an update regarding Rey Mysterio’s injury. It looks like Mysterio is targeted to return in July at the July 8th in Newark, NJ if he passes medical evaluations.
This would be just in time for an angle/program for the SummerSlam pay per view. Perhaps a match with Samoa Joe?
New Structure To Matches On RAW And SmackDown?
With the sagging television ratings, WWE has tried to do various changes to the weekly program to generate ratings. One of the changes Vince McMahon is looking into making involves adding rounds to matches similar to boxing according to Bryan Alvarez and Wrestling Observer Radio. This is too allow matches to not occur during commercial breaks.
Many long time, hardcore wrestling fans may remember the round system that was apart of the matches in the short lived AWF promotion in the mid 90’s. It didn’t work out to well for them, and I can’t see it working for WWE. This seems like one of those attempted get rich quick schemes. It isn’t going to draw ratings. The WWE match format has been the same for over 50 years, don’t change it.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Lars Injured, ICW Champ Passes, UK WrestleMania and More! (6/21/19)
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Lars Sullivan Injured
Last week, it had been widely reported that Lars Sullivan had suffered a knee injury. Dave Meltzer has reported that the injury is serious, and could keep Sullivan out 6 to 9 months.
Many say that this is karma. I won’t say if I agree or not. Sullivan appeared to be in line for a big push, but, even with the injury, that could still be the case. The return timeline would put Sullivan on track for a return during WrestleMania season.
ICW Champion Passes Away
According to the official Twitter account of UK bases promotion ICW, ICW Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum, has passed away at 36. No cause of death was revealed.
We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum. Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him. pic.twitter.com/qmjnZTb5Lb
— ICW (@InsaneChampWres) June 19, 2019
Another sad and early death in wrestling. Many of you may remember Lionheart as back in 2014 during a match with AJ Styles, his neck was broken in two places, and was thought to never walk, let alone wrestle, again,
Nikki Bella’s In Ring Career Is Over
Wednesday evening, the Bella Twins made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Nikki Bella revealed that he in ring career is over due to a cyst on her brain.
“I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles. I’ve always had my neck issues and after neck surgery, it hasn’t been ok. I feel like I needed to get that check up before we went back for the tag titles. I herniated the disc above where I had surgery. I had all this inflammation around the metal and I have a cyst on my brain.”
Regardless of what you think of them and their in ring ability, their contribution to the WWE Divas division and the the exposure they brought to it cannot be understated. Sending well wishes Nikki’s way
WrestleMania Coming To A City Near You?
In an interesting note, WWE recently sent out a survey to fans to look at interest in a list of cities that could potentially host WrestleMania in the future. The list of cities include:
— Boston, MA
— Toronto, ON
— Mexico City, MX
— Phoenix-Glendale, AZ
— Houston, TX
— Los Angeles, CA
— New Orleans, LA
— Tampa, FL
— Seattle, WA
— San Diego, CA
— San Francisco-Santa Clara-San Jose, CA
— London, UK
— Indianapolis, IN
— Las Vegas, NV
— Miami, FL
— Chicago, IL
— Philadelphia, PA
— Atlanta, GA
— Orlando, FL
— Dallas-Fort Worth -Arlington, TX
— Jacksonville, FL
— San Antonio, TX
It has long been rumored that the company has had interest in an international WrestleMania, so it isn’t a surprise to see London on this list. I would expect that we will see a WrestleMania occur their soon.